The Directors held a meeting at the Stock Office on Thursday last. Present : Messrs W. D. Capel, A. S. McColl, H. R. Munro, H. S. McMaster, L. A. Dangar, L. Conway, W. A. Makim, and H. A. Fraser : Mr. C. R. Brett, Stock Inspector ; Mr. L. A. Francis, Secretary.
The Chairman intimated that it was necessary to elect a Chairman.
Mr. W. D. Capel was re-elected Chairman, on the motion of Mr. McMaster, seconded by Mr. Makim.
The Chairman in thanking the Directors for the honor of re-election said he hoped to have their assistance as the duties of the position would be greatly increased under the new Act.
The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed.
A letter was read from the Lands Department urging the Board to enforce payment of overdue wire netting instalments.
Mr. Jas. Robertson (late Rabbit Inspector) applied for payment of the amount for the third month of his period of notice.
The Board decided that as Mr. Robertson bad been in the employment of the Scone Board for the month in question no further payment be made.
Mr. F. R, Marshall of Tralec, wrote in regard to scalp-receiving in his locality.
Mr. Makim proposed "That Mr. Marshall be appointed a scalp receiver in addition to the position of Permit Inspector." Seconded by Mr. McColl and carried.
Mr. R. F. Evans wrote stating that he did not feel disposed to act as scalp receiver .
Mr. McColl proposed "That Mr. Evans be asked to re-consider his decision." Seconded by Mr. Dangar and carried.
Mr. C. Rigby (Pallamallawa) wrote accepting the position of Permit Inspector.
General discussion took place in connection with the duties of Permit Inspectors under the new Act.
Mr. Brett said the Permit Inspectors would be provided with the regulations and books of permits. He was of opinion that they should be allowed 5 per cent of the travelling rates to be detained by the Board.
A circular from the Chief Inspector's Office suggested that a collection of poisonous plants be preserved at the Stock Office.—The matter was allowed to stand over till next meeting.
Correspondence was read in connection with the Stock Inspector's Institute and the annual conference to be held this week.
On the motion of Mr. McMaster, seconded by Mr. Dangar, a sum of £15 was voted for expenses of the Stock Inspector in attending the Conference.
Mr. Brett thanked the Directors. He thought it an excellent thing to have an interchange of ideas, and referred to good results of previous conferences.
Mr. G. R. Skelton wrote, pointing out that for 1919-20 the Inverell Board had paid for the destruction of 4525 crows, Warialda Board 9305, and the Narrabri Board 19,770 while the Moree Board had not expended anything on crows. He suggested that the Board endeavor to induce the Moree Board to pay a bonus for crows.
Mr. Munro proposed "That as Mr. Skelton is a member of the Inverell P.P. Board he should suggest that such Board approach the Moree Board on the matter, in which case the Warialda Board would support them" Seconded by Mr. Fraser and carried.
A communication was read from the Department of Agricultuer in connection with the Secretary's salary.
After discussion the Chairman announced that the Board had decided to increase the Secretary's salary by £50 and to allow him to continue other office work on trial for a period of six months to ascertain whether it was necessary to confine himself to the work of the Stock Office alone.
It was resolved that a notice be inserted in the papers in the district in regard to collection of travelling charges and rates under the new Act.
Mr. Brett, brought under the notice of the Board the fact that Mr. R. McMaster desired that when the period of the adjoining Improvement Lease expires the T.S.R should be altered so that instead of running over his land it would traverse the Crown land. The alteration would be in the interests of all concerned.
The Board viewed the proposal favorably, but allowed it to stand over till next meeting.
Mr. R. C. Hobson wrote in reference to the unrestricted growth of pear on land adjoining his property.
Mr. McMaster proposed "That Mr. Hobson be informed that the Board has no control in regard to prickly pear, and that the proper course was to report the matter to the District Surveyor." Seconded by Mr. Conway and carried.
The application of H. P. Kent of Graman for permissive occupancy of portion of T. S. Reserve was again before the Board, but was again left in abeyance, the general opinion being that the application would not be approved by the Minister.
The Board had no objection to the proposed revocation of a small area on Bullala Creek for purposes of a Recreation Ground.
The Stock Inspector was instructed to take action in regard to C. McLachlan's stock trespassing on the reserve, adjoining Myall Creek, on the Bingara road.
Mr. Dangar brought up tho matter of having the telephone extended to the Stock Inspector's residence, and was supported by Mr. Makim.
On the motion of Mr. McColl, seconded by Mr. Dangar, it was decided to have Mr. Brett's residence connected by telephone.
Mr. Brett verbally reported that T. W. Wells had destroyed the prickly pear on the stock route leased by him, and Mr. P. McMahon was also doing good work.
On the suggestion of Mr. Fraser it was decided to expend a further sum of £20 from the Reserves Improvement Fund on the route from Black Dam to Yetman.
A communication from the Department of Lands in reference to T.S & C.R 378171, parish of Myall, stated that 640 acres had bean placed under the control of the Board for 5 years under the provisions of Section 26 A of the Act.
A copy of "Gazette" was received giving notice of proposed opening and closing of roads through Tomlinsen's.
The application by J. J. Daley for annual lease of T.S.R 54382, parish Cox, was allowed to stand over.
It was decided to invite tenders for ringbarking an area of 1,000 acres of Crown Land, being T.S.R. No. 18076, Parish of Cobbadah.
During discussion on the maps available for use in calculating the distance for travelling stock Mr Munro mentioned that experience had already shown that they were not complete. He was sending stock from Keora to Merriwa, but found that no stock route was shown.
As the maps were the only suitable ones available it, was decided to purchase 50 and to have them mounted, for the use of Permit Inspectors.
A number of appeals against travelling charges were considered, and it was decided to refund in all cases less 5 per cent.
In his report Mr. C. H. Brett stated that he had been endeavoring to become acquainted with the district, and gave a list of places visited. Continuing he reported as follows :— Generally pastures are fair to good throughout the district, but a general rain is required to make winter feed and replenish water supplies. Black Dam on the Yetman road is dry and badly silted up; Fisher's Dam is also low, but there is a good supply in Rocky Dam on this route.
Considerable numbers of fat stock continue to pass through to the metropolitan market.
The condition of stock generally is fromgood to fat. There have not been any outbreaks of disease, and most of the holdings quarantined on account of pleuro, have been recommended for release.
Good general rain fell early in March, and the herbage country responded well—unfortunately the rains was not followed up except in the Southern portion of the district, where several falls have been reported—and pastures have dried off considerably.
Wild dogs are causing considerable trouble and losses in the Northern part of the district, and seem most difficult to cope with.
Travelling charges on renewed permits amounting to £99/2/6 have been collected since last meeting.
Owing to a delay in obtaining the new forms and permit books the provisions of the Act relating to the Travelling Rate have only just been put into operation, and difficulties have already been met in specifying the route and computing the mileage through other districts, and I am afraid that Permit Inspectors will find much difficulty in the issuing of permits.
Rabbits appear to be on the increase generally, and poisoning is being carried out on many holdings.